TCHRD 26 April 2021
The 2020 Annual Report on the human rights situation in Tibet, released online today in three languages: Tibetan, Chinese and English, presents a disturbing picture of deprivation and abuses, marked by persistent and grave human rights violations, including, absence of independent space for free speech owing to the widespread and systematic crackdown on any sign of peaceful dissent.
Events documented in the report provide evidence of a surge in arbitrary arrests and detention, extrajudicial killings enabling the culture of endemic and systematic torture. Secret and incommunicado detention remains rampant as more Tibetans are arbitrarily detained for so-called criminal acts of possessing the Dalai Lama’s photos or advocating for environmental, cultural and language rights.
The Seventh Tibet Work Forum and in the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) oppressive policies and practices such as continued state patronage heavily guided by the Chinese state’s political goals, security agenda, and economic interests rather than genuine efforts to improve Tibetans’ quality of life.
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